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We were presented with a question concerning the verse John 3:16 and 3:18 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who so ever believeth in him have everlasting life Here is an answer to the John. 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
The question was... This sounds like a contradiction; God loved the whole world yet only those that believes upon Jesus are saved from damnation. What about those in the world that had never heard of Jesus Christ, because they either died before Jesus was born or they lived in a corner of the earth that his teachings had never reached?
I will attempt to explain how I believe this problem can be rectified.
I have been trying to explain that what we call the O.T. was written to the Hebrew peoples and no one else. The O.T. was a written documentation of the covenant made to Abraham. The Laws that were set before the Nation through Moses. The history of how the people did not live up to their end of the bargain.
It is necessary to be aware of the timeframe as to when God threatened the Hebrews with what we today call prophesy.
It is written that God would say; "You better quit doing that or I will do this to you". The O.T is documentation of a history of Gods disapproval of the Hebrew peoples behavior, and Gods threats and punishments having been being carried out.
I have not read anything in the bible to contradict this statement. People have interpret these letters that the church has included into the canon. These letters have been interpreted in such a way as to imply that Jesus and the disciples were talking to us some two thousand years later. They are not. I believe that it is this misconception that causes all of the confusion today in attempting to understand these scriptures.
The Church has divided what we call the O.T. from the New testament. This causes a gross misunderstanding of scripture. The new Testament affirms the birth of Jesus Christ, his miracles and his teachings as being the fulfillment of those prophesy that was given to THAT Hebrew people that the prophesy was given to. These prophesy of the Old testament was intended for that Hebrew Nation that they were given to.
With this in mind we should consider the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to be speaking to that Hebrew Peoples that heard their words.
The Church teaches that they were speaking to us. Though the truth of what they were teaching was truth then, and is also true for us today. This is as far as we should go with that idea. The disciples were speaking to those people that were standing before them when they spoke. As was Jesus Christ.
All of the prophesy that was given to that Hebrew Nation that existed in the first century were all fulfilled before that Nation ceased to exist. This should be simple to understand and obvious to see. But for some reason it is not.
Unless we understand these facts it is impossible to understand the simplicity of scripture. Our insistence upon interpreting the word of God has made understanding scripture much more difficult that it was intended.
In 538 BC the Lord sent his messenger Angel to Daniel with Final notice for the cancellation of the covenant made with Abraham. The message was that the Hebrew people will be given seventy (Prophetic) weeks to anoint the most holy or all of the rest of prophesy will be carried out.
A hundred years before that Hebrew Nation was totally dismantled and carried away; Jesus Christ, their Messiah came to teach the true word of God, perform merciless and to die upon the cross, as was foretold (Daniel 9:26)
The disciples were told to go out and spread the word that the final days of prophesy were upon them.
When Jesus said that "This generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled". This was the true word of God.
This was a last call so to speak for that rebellious Hebrew Nation that was soon to experience the end of their days.
Now; where does that leave us?
Revelation 13 tells us that there will be a false "Religion" rise up out of the sea. (Paganism?). And after this there will be another beast rise up out of the earth (holy land). This second beast has come to be called the False Prophet.
To answer the original question now that way has been prepared.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who so ever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life". 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already..."
Jesus said that he came only to save the lost sheep of Israel. Those Hebrews that were bound by the Law of Moses and not following them. He did not come to save the righteous but the unrighteous. Those that were already condemned was being offered a pardon for their sins. Jesus died upon the cross that they might be saved. If those Hebrews did not accept his gift they would left with their decision.